Volunteer and Support Opportunities

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We welcome your time and talents in carrying out the work of our church. Here are a few of the opportunities to get involved, and the contact person to get started.

High School students looking for community service? We provide a form for you to document your service hours, or check your high school website for specific requirements: Yorktown, Lakeland, Peekskill, Hendrick Hudson, Somers, Croton, Mahopac.

Help our community and the world

  • Help at the Food Pantry
    The Church operates a food pantry on two Saturday mornings each month, usually on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.  (Due to covid-19, we have a smaller group of volunteers, so are not accepting ‘drop-ins’ at this time). Adults and teenagers are invited to join us at 8am to help organize the food, help clients choose, and help recipients carry bags to their cars.  Just show up at the Church any Food Pantry morning.  
  • Help in our plot at the Community Garden.
  • Provide a Meal at Jan Peek House
    Jan Peek House in Peekskill is a shelter for 19 homeless men and women, run by an organization named Caring for the Homeless of Peekskill (CHOP). Each month, on the 4th Saturday of the month, we provide dinner at the Jan Peek House. It is rewarding to share food and conversation with the residents and it is an important part of our congregation’s ministry to the community. To help serve a dinner, contact janpeek@fpcyorktown.org.
  • Cook or Serve Lunch at the Peekskill Noontime Meal
    Once a month people from our church cook a meal, or the next day people from our church serve the meal, at the Peekskill Soup Kitchen. Look here for a story about this outreach effort.  If you are interested, contact noontimemeal@fpcyorktown.org
  • Knit or Crochet for good causes
    The Prayer Shawl Group offers opportunities to knit or crochet for people in need or for celebratory reasons within our congregation or friends of people in our congregation.  We also knit and crochet for the cancer center at NY Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital and for the Linus Project. The Knit-Togethers knit blankets, sweaters, mittens, and hats for needy members of our community.  During this time, our knitters are working from home.
  • Participate in Midnight Run
     We regularly have groups of adults and youth distribute clothing and food to the homeless in New York City. You can read a reflection of some recent participants here. If you’d like to get involved, contact midnightrun@fpcyorktown.org
  • Help plan Mission Trips
     Want to get involved in planning our next mission trips? Contact missiontrips@fpcyorktown.org
  • Get Involved with the Green Team
    The “Green Team” works to make our church activities more sustainable and to advocate for environmental protection. MyFPCY users can get involved here.

Help support our church and our members

  • Help provide transportation
    Chuck Radke helps in getting folk back and forth from church to home for all kinds of occasions. All people need to do is call him and allow as much lead time as possible for him to arrange the ride. Most often he does it himself. Chuck has asked, however, that if anyone else is interested in this “Transportation Ministry” that they contact him and he will keep their contact information and arrange with them to participate in the sharing the rides.  
  • Provide a meal for a fellow church member in times of difficulty
    The Deacons operate the “Loaves and Fishes” ministry, which brings home made meals to folks who have just returned home after a hospitalization or a rehab stay, for instance, and who would have difficulty buying food and preparing meals on their own. Deacons receive calls for assistance and then arrange with others in the church to make and deliver the meals. We have a list of people who are willing to do this, and the Deacons always welcome additional people willing to participate.  This way the church has a broader base of volunteers to work from. Members of our congregation come from quite an area in and around Yorktown and it is helpful to coordinate the meal providers with persons who live nearby. If you’d like to add your name to the list, contact any Deacon, or send a note to the office, 
  • Help in church cleanup
    Each year in the spring (and sometimes at other times of the year) we have a church-wide cleanup day. Window-washers, tree-trimmers, mulch-spreaders, and everyone else is invited to help out. Lunch is provided! Watch for announcements and help to spruce up the church. In addition, our church “owns” a mile of road around the church and each year a group does a roadside pickup of trash along the roadway as part of the “Battle for Yorktown.” 
  • Volunteer with the Church School
    Our church school is so successful only with the enthusiastic participation of many volunteers. We welcome you as a shepherd, center leader,  or even as a substitute if you are unable to make a consistent commitment. Contact churchschool@fpcyorktown.org for more information. 
  • Be a Silent Samaritan
    Silent Samaritans are people like the Good Samaritan who want to help people in need, but who prefer to remain anonymous. This fund gives people a way to make donations that help others in times of need or crisis (car repair, tank of gas, rent payment, general help, etc.), but want to do so as a Silent Samaritan donor. Be a Silent Samaritan by making a donation at any time throughout the year.
  • Help with Coffee Hour
    Refreshments after services are a wonderful way for us to connect with one another. Help make this possible by volunteering — it’s fun and easy!  Contact congregationallife@fpcyorktown.org.
  • Be an Usher at Church Services
    We have an Ushering Ministry, the members of which ensure that a warm welcome is extended to all who attend our services. Contact ushers@fpcyorktown.org if you’d like to be part of this important ministry. 
  • Be a Garden Volunteer
    The Gardeners of Eden group was started some years ago to help Craig Hibben, a master gardener, to keep the church gardens beautiful. We are always looking for more angels to lend a hand! The group is very informal. In fact, we think we are the perfect way to get involved in church – we rarely meet, and when we do we never get dressed up. We come to the gardens individually, in pairs, or in small groups and work on our own schedules, for as long as we want. Some people have green thumbs and beautiful gardens of their own, and some of us just put plants in the ground and pray we don’t kill them. All of us, however, like to play in the dirt. No matter whether you’re a gardening angel or looking to earn your wings, we’d like to invite you to join us. Please contact gardeners@fpcyorktown.org to find out how you can get involved. Our goals are simple:
    • to create gardens for our church members and all others to enjoy
    • to carry on Craig Hibben’s mission
    • to work together and overwork no one
    • to share in the joy of the beauty of this earth

Financially or materially support our specific efforts

In addition to regular support of the church’s budget through pledges and contributions, many members separately support specific outreach efforts. Some examples are mission trips, the Food Pantry, and the Deacons’ Diaper MinistryAt different times of the year, we solicit contributions of money or items for efforts such as the Food Pantry back-to-school-supply drive, the Hat and Mitten tree at Christmas,  toys for children of inmates at Bedford Prison, etc.  You can always donate money to any of our ministries through Give Now or by check; just make sure you indicate to which ministry you would like your gift to be applied. You can also donate yarn for our two knitting groups; just drop it off in the church office labeled for Marianna Sherman.